The Info List - Richard Keys

Richard Keys
Richard Keys
(born 23 April 1957) is an English sports presenter who has worked for BBC, ITV, Channel 4, Sky, Talksport, Al Jazeera, Fox Sports, ESPN Star Sports
ESPN Star Sports
, BeIN Sports; and has presented many top-level football matches.[1]


1 Career

1.1 Resignation from Sky Sports

2 Personal life 3 Awards 4 Charity work 5 Al Jazeera, beIN Sports and Talksport 6 References

Career[edit] His career started in London in 1976 when he began working for the Fleet Street Sports Agency (HAYTER’s)[2] until 1978, when he moved to Liverpool and worked in Radio City as a football commentator. In 1982, he moved to Manchester to work in Piccadilly Radio as Sports editor and Football commentator. In 1984 Keys moved back to London, where he joined the ITV network as the main anchor of the breakfast show called TV-am.[3] While working at TV-am
he also commentated on football matches for ITV and cycling for Channel 4, including two Tours de France. Keys was one of the presenters for the Sports Channel on British Satellite Broadcasting (BSB) in spring 1990. When BSB merged with Sky in 1991, the channel was renamed Sky Sports. He presented TV-am
for the last time on 28 December 1990 before leaving for Sky Sports. He presented Sky Sports
Sky Sports
coverage[4] of Premier League
Premier League
football since the league's inception in 1992. He was the presenter of the flagship Super Sunday and also presented Sky's Monday Night Football, which coincided with Sky gaining rights for the UEFA Champions League. Later he fronted all of Sky Sports' Champions League coverage. In 2008, Keys also presented the UEFA Euro 2008 for Al Jazeera Sports.[5] Resignation from Sky Sports[edit] In January 2011, Keys resigned as a Sky presenter after making derogatory comments about female assistant referee Sian Massey. His off-air comments about Massey and the fitness of women to officiate at football matches were recorded and leaked. Further clips were leaked showing co-presenter Andy Gray and Keys behaving in a sexist manner.[6] Keys apologised for the "prehistoric banter" and said: "Such comments were made off-air to work colleagues, and were, of course, never intended to be broadcast." He added that "If off-air conversations of television and radio presenters were recorded, there would be no one left working. That is not to defend what happened."[6] Keys has later joined talkSPORT radio,[7] where he presented on Saturday evenings. Later in 2011, Keys returned to television broadcasting launching the boxing channel Boxnation[8] with boxing promoter Frank Warren. Personal life[edit] From the age of four, Richard Keys
Richard Keys
had a passion for football, ever since his father took him to watch Coventry
City play Swansea Town in the old Third Division. He was educated at the now-defunct Whitley Abbey Comprehensive School, where he was head boy. [9] Richard met his wife Julia in 1980. They married in 1982 and have two children. Awards[edit] In 2003, Keys has received an Honorary title from Coventry
University (Honorary Doctor of Letters) for outstanding services to sports broadcasting.[10] In 2012, Keys and Andy Gray received the best sports programme prize for their talkSPORT show at the Sony Radio Academy Awards.[11] He has also received a variety of best sports presenter awards from different publications.[citation needed] Charity work[edit] Keys and Geoff Shreeves have helped to raise money for Nordoff-Robbins (A musical charity for Children with Autism).[12][13] In addition Keys and his wife Julia Keys are patrons for the Willow Foundation, a charity for people with special needs, founded by the former Arsenal goalkeeper Bob Wilson in memory of his late daughter.[14] In 2002, Keys and Gray raised £64,000 for charity in the ITV show Who Wants to be a Millionaire. Al Jazeera, beIN Sports and Talksport[edit] In June 2013 it was confirmed that Al Jazeera
Al Jazeera
had agreed a contract with former Sky Sports
Sky Sports
football presenters, Richard Keys
Richard Keys
and Andy Gray.[15] They both present from Doha
in Qatar and present football including the Premier League, UEFA Champions League, and FA Cup. Coverage started for the 2013-14 season while they continued to present their TalkSport
show from Qatar. Keys along with Gray is now the face of the BeIN Sports
BeIN Sports
channels which broadcast all 365 Premier League
Premier League
games per season mainly on their flagship "Super Saturday" programme. [16] References[edit]

^ "Andy Gray and Richard Keys
Richard Keys
Added to Fox Soccer Channel World Cup Coverage World Soccer Talk". Epltalk.com. 2010-01-10. Retrieved 2013-08-17.  ^ "Hayters Teamwork". Hayters.com. Retrieved 2013-08-17.  ^ "Presenter Profiles". TV-am. Retrieved 2013-08-17.  ^ "Richard Keys". Metro.co.uk. 2009-10-27. Retrieved 2013-08-17.  ^ "Why the FA board rebels didn't go for Burton centre Mail Online". Dailymail.co.uk. 2008-06-04. Retrieved 2013-08-17.  ^ a b Gibson, Owen (26 January 2011). " Richard Keys
Richard Keys
resigns from Sky Sports after sexism storm". The Guardian. Retrieved 11 January 2014.  ^ "Richard Keys". talkSPORT. Retrieved 2013-08-17.  ^ http://www.touchline.tv/tv/boxing/richard-keys-returns-to-tv-with-boxnation ^ http://www.richardajkeys.com/richard-keys/about-richard ^ "Richard Keys- Profile Page - Coventry
University". Alumni.coventry.ac.uk. Retrieved 2013-08-17.  ^ "Andy Gray and Richard Keys
Richard Keys
win Sony Radio Academy Award for best sports programme - Mirror Online". Mirror.co.uk. 2012-05-14. Retrieved 2013-08-17.  ^ "About FE Money Raised". Football Extravaganza. Archived from the original on 3 December 2013. Retrieved 17 August 2013.  ^ "FE Dinner 2012 Premier League
Premier League
at 20 - Images John Marshall (JM Enternational)". Marshall.photoshelter.com. 2012-04-12. Retrieved 2013-08-17.  ^ "Richard Keys". Willowfoundation.org.uk. Archived from the original on 22 September 2013. Retrieved 17 August 2013.  ^ Charles Sale (10 June 2013). "EXCLUSIVE: Keys and Gray are back on TV! Shamed duo sign up for comeback in Qatar". Daily Mail. Retrieved 2013-08-16.  ^ "Former Sky Sports
Sky Sports
duo Keys and Gray slip back onto British screens". Daily Mail. 6 September 2013. Retrieved 6 September 2013. 

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